I feel as thought lately, the stars have connected me to a few young, driven, ambitious entrepreneurs.  I find this type of career a little depressing and unfulfilling.  I find this another reason why i desperately want to leave the U.S. and the inherently exploitive nature of capitalism.

I admire the innovation and creativity of being an entrepreneur, I just don’t believe in the common motivation of profiting off of brilliant ideas. I feel like some of the greatest innovators in history were motivated by the progress and well-being of man and not by being the first person to slap a patent or copyright on their idea. A common newsworthy connection is the concern of healthcare costs and the concern that decreased costs will slow innovation in medicine. I refuse to believe that people are more motivated by their checking account than they are about  the well being of the world. Can you imagine working in a lab and thinking “I want my creation to create well being and happiness but to only those who can afford it”. The harsh reality is that these are the motivations of some people and I guess with the ridiculous price to earn credentials (Med school) to get to that point, it might be necessary.

I’m well aware that in this world, you need financial means to survive. I guess in my perfect world, people would be motivated to help each other out more than themselves and in the free market competition of the business world, I don’t see those types of relationships. I also realize someone doesn’t have to be so connected to their career and their personality may be completely different than that of the business world but why stress yourself out by operating a person you aren’t 8 + hours a day?

I’m a pretty creative person with ideas consistently running through my head but have never considered trying to sell any of them or put any of them in practice. Thinking about them and discussing them is much more exciting than actually trying to make it work. This may be because success is measured by profits and if not many people find my idea to be successful or profitable, it loses credibility in today’s world and becomes something that no longer brings happiness to me. Writing is also a good example. I love writing but have never considered it as a career. Sadly, this made me stop because I felt that I needed to work on things that did help me “progress’ by the standards of others. This blog is a an attempt to do something I love, not for profit or career advancement, but for the preservation of whatever this brings to someone that stumbles upon it and for a reflective personal experience for myself in the future.

But to each his own. I won’t define your happiness if you don’t try to profit off of mine.

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